Title-chasing King’s Lynn looking to hold all the Aces of Belle Vue in play-off opener
PUBLISHED: 11:40 23 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:40 23 September 2018
King’s Lynn boss Dale Allitt wants to pull off a magical Manchester hat-trick in the crunch Premiership play-off semi-final on Monday night.
The Stars chief admits his charges are fired up to produce their third win at Belle Vue’s National Speedway Stadium in the space of five months.
Lynn have been the only side to win on the racy, pacey circuit, with two pivotal victories during the league campaign.
But he also knows those wins count for nothing now it’s play-off time.
He revealed: “We’ll be going to the National Speedway Stadium to win, of course, in the play-off semi-final first leg against Belle Vue.
“It’s a track our riders ride well and of course we’re guaranteed some fabulous speedway racing too. To have won there twice this year has been phenomenal. However, those two wins mean nothing right now. We all start equal again, but the boys are ready.
“Win, lose or draw though, it will be the old cliché of ‘it’s only half-time’ come 9.30pm on Monday night and there’ll still be plenty to do regardless of the outcome back at the Adrian Flux Arena in the second leg next Monday.
“I know I have said it time and time again this season, but the fans’ support really does spur the Stars riders on so much and I hope they can all turn out in big numbers and bring a friend, a relative, a colleague or a neighbour and let’s pack our stadium out for the biggest Lynn meeting for years.
“Let’s hope we have another big meeting to come as well with the final.
“The double is on with the KO Cup. This is a great time for the club and we want the fans to be part of something very special.”
While Belle Vue are determined to take a lead to Norfolk, number five Craig Cook is refusing to make predictions.
“Any lead we can get will be an advantage. King’s Lynn are a strong team and we’d hate to lose to them, especially at home and that’s another incentive for us to go all-out and turn them over. Third time’s a charm, as they say.
“It’s going to be tough, there’s no two ways about it. But the boys are all up for this. We’re fully focused on the job we need to do. We know what’s at stake and we want to make that final.”
Belle Vue: 1 Max Fricke, 2 Rider Replacement, 3 Steve Worrall, 4 Rohan Tungate, 5 Craig Cook, 6 Dimitri Berge, 7 Jye Etheridge.
Kings Lynn: 1 Robert Lambert, 2 Erik Riss, 3 Ty Proctor, 4 Thomas Jorgensen, 5 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 6 Michael Palm-Toft, 7 Simon Lambert.